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July 25, 2022
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Dear Class of 2026 & Transfers,

It's the last week of July and we hope you've been healthy and well... and are almost finished with your Vaden Health Forms & Requirements, due August 1! If you have any questions, we encourage you to submit a help ticket for the friendly staff at Vaden. 
This week, we're excited to introduce you to two more NSO Community Coordinators - Liv (First Gen, Low-Income Orientation Committee) and Mahmood (Markaz Orientation Committee). All our "I Am Stanford" stories can be found on the OC Blog.
Read on in the Newsletter for:
Have a great week, and, as always, let us know if you have questions or want to talk!
Approaching Stanford Team
(650) 723-7674

The OC Zone & New Student Thursdays

From the Orientation Coordinators (OCs) this week - more blog posts and another fun video! We asked Stanford students what they wish they knew as a first-year. Watch this video for their practical advice, wise reflections, and pro-tips for packing!

OC Blog

New Student Thursdays

Join us for our first New Student Webinar and listen to a panel of students talk about Academic Life at Stanford. Every Thursday, the OCs will be hosting a social or a topic-based webinar. Find the Zoom links in Canvas and join us!

OC Zone

We don't have an OC Zone scheduled for this week, but if you're curious, take a look at the OC Zone Recap!

Orientation Volunteer Outreach Emails

If you opted on your Approaching Stanford Forms to be contacted by current students, our crew of Orientation Volunteers and OCs have been sending their individual outreach emails to you. Have fun connecting with your friendly neighborhood OV to talk about life at Stanford!
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Advising Corner: The Stanford Schools

Hello, everyone! This week’s topic from your Undergraduate Advising Directors is: Stanford Schools and their classes.
Out of the seven schools at Stanford, three of them offer undergraduate degrees. They are:
Each of you was accepted to Stanford as an undeclared student with no major, even if some of you already have a preference. Eventually, you will choose a major in one of the departments within these three schools. (Note that of the three schools, the School of Humanities and Sciences is Stanford's largest, and will serve as the foundation of your undergraduate education no matter which major you pursue.) But throughout your time here you'll have the opportunity to explore widely and take classes in any department, in any of the three schools, no matter what your future major is. Pretty awesome!
The other four schools (Education, Law, Medicine, and Business) offer graduate programs, and later in your Stanford career, there may be opportunities to take a few courses or participate in programs in each of those schools. But those opportunities are not things you need to know about in your first quarter.

Summer Advising Reminder: Watch Exploring Your Stanford Courses

If you haven’t watched the Exploring Your Stanford Courses video, make sure to watch it before your first meeting with your assigned Undergraduate Advising Director (aka your academic advisor) in mid-August. The video answers a number of basic questions about how courses work at Stanford. And knowing the answers to those questions before your first advising meeting means we can make better use of our time together and dive more deeply into your academic interests and plans. If you want even more answers about how academics work at Stanford, you can also explore the Current Students section of the Academic Advising website.

Ordering Bedding & Bikes

Although it's a little early to actually begin packing your suitcases for Stanford, we've started receiving questions about what to bring and how to ship packages.
Now is a great time to let you know about Stanford Student Enterprise's (SSE's) program to order bedding & starter packs. Order now online, and pick up on campus when you move in! While you're welcome to purchase your bedding from any store, the advantage of ordering through the SSE is that you can place your order now and your bedding will be waiting for you at the Tresidder Undergraduate Package & Mail Center when you arrive.
Similarly, if you plan to have a bike on campus, you may be interested in buying or renting from the Campus Bike Shop, for the convenience of picking up your bike on campus when you arrive. Again, this is just one of many options for you to consider, including buying a used bike. Wherever you get your bike, please just remember to get a good lock, register your bike, and wear a bike helmet
For guidance on what else to pack, check out our Packing Guidelines.
For instructions on shipping packages/online ordering, check out Shipping Guidelines. All student mail and packages are received at the Undergraduate Package & Mail Center located in Tresidder Union. Remember that packages should only arrive once you have moved to campus. The only packages that the Package & Mail Center will receive in advance are the orders placed through SSE's bedding program.

Stanford Health Alerts

Last week, Stanford shared Monkeypox information and resources with our campus community. Click here to read the July 21 email, which reminds students to follow health care protocols and to be aware of symptoms. The university's Public Health Steering Committee will continue monitoring conditions and public health protocols, and will update our community as needed.
Once you move to campus and become an enrolled student in the fall, you will begin to receive these Health Alert updates, which can always be found online at: healthalerts.stanford.edu. Before then, if you and/or your guardians are interested in receiving notifications this summer, including COVID-19 updates, subscribe to receive email alerts.
Contact Us
Office of Academic Advising
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
590 Escondido Mall | Stanford, CA 94305-3085 US
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